Nonviolent People

NVP200Nonviolent People
Jesus of Nazareth, St. Francis of Assisi, Mahatma Gandhi, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Teresa, César Chávez, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Thich Nhat Hanh
by David Atwood



trade paperback, 8″ x 5″, 90 pages. $10.00     ISBN: 1441437681

WEB--es-NVP-cover-Disponible en marzo de 2017: el mismo libro en español

Gente No-Violenta
ISBN-13: 978-1543130256 | $10.00/€9.00

“La habilidad de llevar una vida no-violenta, creo que depende de la gracia de Dios.

”Para aquellos que dudan que no pueden vivir sin violencia, he subrayado las vidas de nueve personas que me han inspirado: Jesús de Nazaret, San Francisco de Asís, Mahatma Gandhi, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King Jr., Santa Teresa de Calcuta, César Chávez, Arzobispo Desmond Tutu y Thích Nhât Hanh.

“Cada una de estas personas nos ofrece una visión de la vida humana que nos inspira  con  la  capacidad  de  guiarnos  a  un  mundo  más  caritativo  y  más  compasivo.  Su  no-violencia se describe, en sus propias palabras, a través de este libro.”

Includes a selection of quotations from each peacemaker, a prayer and a reflection. Ideal for study groups!

From the Introduction by David Atwood:

Many people are very concerned about the growth of violence in our society and the world.  Violence confronts us on almost a daily basis, either in our own lives, the lives of family and friends, or in the news media.  We are concerned about domestic violence, child abuse, gang violence, violent crime, the violence of poverty, human rights abuses, as well as conflicts and wars throughout the world.  No one is immune from violence, for if we are not damaged physically, we surely are damaged psychologically.

There are many approaches to reducing violence.  However, if we are ever to interrupt the cycle of violence that plagues us all, we must seek to become consistently nonviolent.  This requires a change in our hearts, a change perhaps that only God can bring about.  Fortunately, we have many excellent examples of nonviolent people throughout history, from Jesus of Nazareth more than 2,000 years ago, to Francis of Assisi in the 12th and 13th centuries, to Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Dorothy Day, César Chávez, Mother Teresa, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Thich Nhat Hahn in our own time.  And there are many more.  Nonviolence is not restricted to any time in history, culture, religion, race, sex or nationality.  Most of us know somebody whom we could consider to be a nonviolent person in spirit and example.

Nonviolence as a way of life is often misunderstood.  Many people believe that nonviolence means passivity in the face of abuse and injustice.  In truth, it means seeking to change an abusive or unjust situation in a nonviolent way.  It seeks to conquer evil with good.

Nonviolent people reject violence as a solution to problems, believing that violence multiplies violence in a descending spiral of destruction for all.  They believe that true peace can only be achieved through peaceful means.

Nonviolent people believe that there is some good in all people, even when their actions would indicate otherwise.  As such, they speak the truth in love and seek to convert “enemies” into friends, rather than to harm or destroy them.

Nonviolent people believe that all life is sacred and reject violence in all its forms, which I believe includes abortion, abuse against women and children, social and economic oppression, racism and prejudice, environmental destruction, capital punishment, arms production and war.

Nonviolent people believe that all people are brothers and sisters regardless of race, religion, nationality, economic status or sexual orientation.  They believe that if one member of the human family suffers or is deprived, all members suffer and are deprived.

Nonviolent people believe that peace will never be achieved until just social, economic and political conditions are achieved for all people. Nonviolent people speak out for justice, even when it means personal suffering.

Nonviolent people believe that forgiveness, rather than revenge, will lead to a more peaceful world.

  The ability to lead a nonviolent life depends, I believe, on grace from God.  For those who doubt they can live nonviolently, I highlight the lives of nine people who have inspired me:  Jesus of Nazareth, St. Francis of Assisi, Mahatma Gandhi, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Teresa of Calcutta, César Chávez, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Thich Nhat Hanh.  Each of these people provides a vision of human life which is inspiring and has the potential to lead us to a more caring and compassionate world.  Their nonviolence is described in their own words in this book.

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